Devizes centre has vacancy as chief leaves

Devizes Opendoor, which runs a drop in centre at St John’s Parish Rooms in Long Street for homeless and vulnerable adults, is urgently seeking a new co-ordinator.

The part-time position has become vacant following the resignation of Sharon Fearon, the project’s first paid co-ordinator, who recently left the project to take up a new role in her home town of Swindon.

Opendoor chairman Eddie Sims said: “Sharon has done a great deal to move the project forward in the last eight months and she will be sorely missed, but there is still plenty of scope for her successor to make further developments.

“The numbers using the centre, which is open three times a week, regularly reach 20, which shows the need for such a facility.”

Volunteers will ensure that the centre remains open over Christmas and the New Year.

They will serve up hot meals as usual on three days a week – Mondays 10am to 1.30pm, Wednesdays 9.30am to 11.30am, and Fridays 5pm to 6.30pm – with a special Christmas lunch on Monday December 23 and breakfast on Christmas morning.

There will be an evening service on Sunday, December 29, in St John’s plus a tea.

“We have a wonderful group of volunteers who give up their time to provide support and meals for those in need of somewhere warm to go, which is especially welcome this time of year,” added Mr Sims.

Email sims.eddie@gmail. com or call 07968 983660.

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